kyle’s review published on Letterboxd:
The sheer poignancy of "Her" is shown in its last ten minutes, proving that we as humans are simply emotional beings, thriving on the feeling of being wanted, understood, and loved. What can give us that satisfaction, and how far from human interaction can we really go to achieve that need? "Her" is about our innate desire for companionship and commitment, and for intimacy and integrity.
Theodore has known these emotions, and since his striking separation from his wife, has begun to feel as though he will never experience them again. The OS, Samantha, changes that.
Torn between the old and the new and the real and the artificial, Theodore struggles with himself, wondering if his own emotions are authentic, alongside a developing Samantha. Once he realizes that the idea of “changing without it scaring the other person” has again come into play all too fast for him, Theodore begins to understand the patterns involved in relationships.
The resolve and peace Theodore finds is in the closure. He has found his relationship with Samantha herself to be of use in moving on from his now ex-wife. He can feel at peace with the memories they shared, happy with their past, and thankful for the lessons that not one, but both of them have taught him.
Theodore finally finds that what he really needs is a friend, and he comes to see that in Amy. He needs to be understood and accepted as he was with Samantha, but without the pressure. In the end, Amy is the only one there for him, thankfully.
All in all, "Her" is truly my favorite film. I don’t really think anything can or will change that. I can’t fully express the way that "Her" makes me feel but I know it’s special. Maybe not everyone will come to understand that, but that’s okay. It means so much to me, and that’s all that matters.